June 23, 2015

# 8 Reflection Paper

I hesitated before deciding to take this class ”Computer-Assisted Language Learning, ” because I know my English is not very good. At first I afraid I cannot follow the class, but I believe that I can overcome my weakness in learn English through this course. Finally my faith bigger than my fear. I have made up my mind to take this class. I want improve my English writing and speaking skill. In this class, I learn a lot from writing my own blog and group presentation. Although the two topics is difficult challenges to me, I still enjoy it.

When the teacher said you have to set up you blog and write every week, I was very worry and afraid that I cannot write a good article. Because I have not gone to English cram school since I was child, writing article is not easy to me, I always spend very much time on writing. Before I start to write my blog, I will search online article and use the online dictionaries look for ready-made phrases that I can use in my own sentences. Through writing blog I learn a lot of new vocabulary and good sentences. Writing blog not only help me review what I learn this week but also enhance my writing skill.

I am an introverted person. Group presentation mean I have to talk in front a lot of people and even worse is that presentation cannot use my native language. In order to overcome this challenge, I effort to do my best. My group presentation topic is " MIT Open Courseware. "  When I prepare this presentation, I have a deeper understanding about  MIT Open Courseware, and I have been interested in MIT Open Courseware since then.

MIT Open Courseware is very useful. Because I choose the class that really interested me. Moreover, the course have a complete set of lecture videos, problem sets and exams. When I watch the video, I feel as if taking the real lectures in the classroom. Meanwhile, I can enhance my listening skill. After lesson, there will be exams test me what I learn in this course. These courses have ignited a passion for learning.

I am very glad that I take this class. I know a lot of online language learning resources that make English learning much more interesting and easier. In the class, I use many English learning websites and freeware for the first time. After I know how to use websites and freeware, websites and freeware become useful to me. it can enhance my English skills. For example, " My ET " is a freeware which can improve my speaking skill by check my errors of English pronunciation. And Open Courseware help me study by myself in future.

June 7, 2015

# 7 OpenCourseWare

I have heard about open course ware before.
But I haven't  visited any of the open course
ware before. When I know how to use open course ware, I think open course ware is very useful. Because I can choose the class that really interested me and learning anytime 
and anywhere. I like MIT OpenCourseWare .Because the course have a complete set of lecture videos, video transcript, problem sets, and problem solving videos. After lesson, there will be Exams test me what I learn in this course. These courses have ignited passion for learning.

May 17, 2015

# 6 TED Talk

Why 30 is not the new 20

I'm 20 years old now. I always ask myself Are
you living a meaningful life?」 And this TED Talk
  help me find the answer . In this speech, 

Third,  " Picking your family is about consciously
 choosing who and what you want. "

Don't be defined by what you didn't know or didn't do. 

May 10, 2015

#5 My life stories

you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.
When I was a child, my father banned me 
from watching TV. As a child I thought 
my life is boring. But ten years later,  
now I'm a college student. I appreciate 
 that my father banned me from 
watching TV. Because now I have two 
beautiful eyes. And when I was a child, I 
read a lot of books. Now I constantly 
look at my smartphone, I don't have a time 
to read. 

May 3, 2015

# 4 Steve Jobs’ Talk

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

1. 「 you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. 

2. 「Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. 

3. 「 I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. 

4. 「 Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. 

5. 「 Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. 

6. 「 Stay hungry, stay foolish

April 19, 2015

#3 Podcast

I think podcast is an easy and portable resource to help me improve my English listening and speaking anytime.

I used to listen ICRT to practice my English listening, but now I use ESL Podcast. Because ESL Podcast talking speed is slower than ICRT, I can hear every word clearly.

ESL explain new or difficult vocabulary again to me let me understand what the word mean. Also I can learn more sample sentences, additional explanations and cultural notes.

March 22, 2015

#2 Dictionary Exercise

Walking or cycling to work 'improves well-being'

1. commuter
Major definition : a person who travels into a city to work each day, usually from quite far away
Example sentence : We need to encourage commuters not to drive into the city.

2. reinforce
Major definition : reinforce something to make a feeling, an idea, etc. stronger
Example sentence : The climate of political confusion has only reinforced the country's economic decline.

3. swap
Major definition : to replace one person or thing with another
Example sentence : I think I'll swap this sweater for one in another color.

4. correspondingly
Major definition : in a way that matches or is connected with something that you have just mentioned
Example sentence : a period of high demand and correspondingly high prices

5. disruption
Major definition : the act of stopping something from continuing in the normal way
Example sentence : The strike caused serious disruptions.

I like Oxford Learner's Dictionaries because it has a lot of sentence.

Extra examples give me ready-made phrases that I can use in my own sentences.

And learner's dictionary provides clear, simple definitions.
It's easy to understand what the word mean in common situations.
Also I can learn the 
pronunciation differences between British English and American English.